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POCUS and the Athletic Trainer

September 24, 2019

“The biggest trend is the innovation that is happening on the clinical side of Athletic Training, right now. It’s integrating a lot of the imaging technology that allows us to do a better job.” ~Skylar Richards, Director of Sports Science & Head Athletic Trainer at FC Dallas.

Listen as Skylar Richards discusses his use of point-of-care ultrasound in role as an Athletic Trainer.

Skylar Richards, Director of Sports Science & Head Athletic Trainer at FC Dallas

Starting in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2007, Skylar’s primary focus is not the classic sports science approach, but injury prevention through detection and recovery strategies. These strategies focus on increased training availability, not load management. In 2015, he organized various club partnerships to open the first US professional soccer recovery lab integrating daily recovery, prevention, integrated soft tissue mobilization, nutrition, and anti-inflammatory modalities. An ATC (Certified Athletic Trainer), FMS (Functional Movement Systems), and massage therapist over seeing 4 athletic trainers, sports nutritionists, massage therapists, chiropractors, and sports scientists for all FCD teams, u12-18 team and the pro team.

Career highlights include:
2016 US Open Cup Championship
2016 Supporters Shield Championship
2009 MLS Supporters Shield Championship
2008 MLS Cup Championship
2008 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supporters Shield Championship
2006 Frontier League Championship
2006 Missouri Valley Tournament Championship
2006 Missouri Valley Conference Championship

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